24 April 2011

Outdoor Sites for Election Meetings

Outdoor meetings in conjunction with the upcoming general election may be held at designated places specified in permits that will be issued by Police Elections Liaison Office on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The consent of the owners of the respective sites is also required.

A candidate may apply for a permit for an election meeting for the constituency which he is contesting in.

A list of the sites for outdoor meetings will be publicised at the end of Nomination Day on 27 April 2011.

The ruling party will be contesting the general election in all constituencies.  However, it will not know before the end of Nomination Day whether it will be facing contests in specific constituencies.

Each opposition party knows by now which constituencies it wishes to contest in, and which constituencies it will not contest in.  There may be last-minute changes to avoid three-cornered contests.

Regardless of the intricacies of political manoeuvring which will only be resolved by the end of Nomination Day, making available the list of outdoor sites immediately after the Writ of Election was issued on 19 April 2011 would have facilitated planning by the various political parties.

Removing any site from the list because there is no contest in that constituency is a simple administrative matter.

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